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FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Continuing the fight for tougher ethics reform

This week we saw a historic moment as we voted for the assembly’s first African-American speaker, Carl E. Heastie. As he made clear, one of Speaker Heastie’s top priorities is instituting much-needed ethics reform. I’ve been fighting for tougher measures to crack down on elected officials who violate the public’s trust because public officials are elected to serve the people – not betray their confidence.

Impressed by inquisitive, informed high school students who questioned Cuomo representative at town hall meeting

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: One of the most elementary lessons that teachers learn during the teacher education process is this: Don’t punish the whole class for the mistakes of a few class members. It’s unfair, unjust and, as a result, it will breed resentment between the class members and their instructor. It was precisely this issue (among many others) that was addressed by a student in Kurt Wheeler’s AP Government class to a member of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Cazenovia Public Library.

Who are we in Cazenovia?

EDITORIAL

As an interesting exercise in recent weeks, we have been looking into the demographics of the village of Cazenovia and the surrounding greater Cazenovia area. The intention, from a business standpoint, was to see who exactly our readers are and if we are reaching everyone and writing about every interest they have. From an academic standpoint, we found this just plain fascinating to see the numbers.

DeRuyter supervisor thanks emergency responders for Jan. 28 incident resolution

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: The Town of DeRuyter is thankful to the many agencies responding to the hostage situation occurring on Best Road in the Town of DeRuyter the evening of Jan. 28. A total of 13 agencies responded providing both police support and background support to those actively involved with the situation.

FROM THE ASSEMBLY: Governor’s budget provides starting point for negotiations; overshadowed by Albany controversy

Last week, the governor presented his State of the State address. This annual tradition, much like the president’s State of Union address, is an opportunity for the governor to set forth his priorities for the upcoming state legislative session. The State of the State address is usually in the beginning of January but this year it was appropriately delayed due to the passing of the governor’s father.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: The Beatles will always be the best

Paul Davie grew up in the Southern Tier town of Sidney, but now that he’s grown up he lives in Liverpool. A longtime rock and roll musician who plays guitar, bass and harmonica, Davie settled here in 2006 because he’s obsessed with the Beatles, the British pop combo that hailed from Liverpool, England.

NOPL News: Give green to grow greens

NOPL @ Cicero is looking for support to improve the accessibility and irrigation of the LibraryFarm. Adrienne Canino, NOPL @ Cicero’s coordinator for the LibraryFarm, started an online Growing Drive Jan. 19 to help fund and promote the cause throughout our community.

Library focus: Find love at your library

We have lots of reasons to love your library this month including a weekend carnival for the kids, a Valentine weekend book giveaway and Valentine’s Day films for all ages and lots of programs to ward off cabin fever during the mid-winter school break week. Come on down any day and discover your own reason.

My grandfather’s ‘good neighbor policy’

GUEST COLUMN

When he turned 18, my father left home on a northern hard scrabble farm and headed south to the big city. He found a job with the railroad and enjoyed getting paid for hard work. He’d worked hard on the farm, too, but there was little money and barely enough to eat some winters. And his father, my grandfather, made things even harder with his “Good neighbor policy.”

When will citizens wake up and send a message to Albany politicians?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor: Once again the State of New York finds itself in a morally embarrassing situation where our top elected legislative leader is placed under arrest for what many believed has been an ongoing activity for years. This comes not long after our own governor disbands a commission for studying corruption in his administration for fear of what it may uncover.

The sobering reality of politics

EDITORIAL

Last week’s State of the Area event was as excellent and educational as always — but a bit more sobering than in past years. While there continue to be positive happenings in our area — such as popular community events, municipal achievements and success in keeping taxes low — the impacts of Washington and Albany politics on the quality of our lives was disturbing. U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna’s stark assessment of Washington partisanship and gridlock was, while not surprising, still frustrating to hear; while Cazenovia CSD Superintendent Matt Reilly’s warning of our district’s dire financial circumstance and the need for all residents to stand up and demand the refunding of our stolen aid from our state legislators was saddening.

LIVIN' IN LIVERPOOL: Federal investigators trap Albany’s Silver fox

Former Cicero Assemblyman Michael Bragman sure looks good in retrospect.  Bragman’s nemesis, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was arrested on federal corruption charges Jan. 22.

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Guest column: North Syracuse doing its part for government efficiency

During the 2014 re-election campaign, Gov. Cuomo claimed that New York’s high property taxes were due to the waste and duplication of New York’s “more than 10,500 local governments.” Not only is his contention incorrect, the governor also failed to acknowledge the role the state has played in exacerbating this property tax problem.

NOPL news: Forgiveness, fun and frugality

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, NOPL is excited to announce the return of our popular “Food for Fines” program.

LETTERS: Toomey home doesn’t belong on Doyle Road

To the editor: “Lysander Citizens United” began in the year 2014 as resident opposition to the establishment of a treatment facility for severely emotionally disturbed young boys on Doyle Road. We are still in existence and are active.